On 17 September 2015, the Scottish Parliament passed the British Sign Language (BSL) Bill. The public gallery was packed with Deaf BSL users, many of whom had been banned from signing as children and forced to lip read. It had been a long, hard battle and it was difficult for many to hold back the tears and keep their emotions at bay.
Governments, like all large bureaucracies, have an innate tendency to act slowly. Sometimes they adopt a softly, softly approach. Other times they realise suddenly that a crisis is waiting in the wings, and over-react.